Tomy Driss has his sights set on Saturday’s podium when the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón takes to the streets of Long Beach for the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Driving the BAR1 Motorsports No. 7 EPIC (the movie in theaters May 24) Prototype Challenge car, Tomy hopes is hometown edge will continue. Long Beach was the track where Tomy took his first professional racing win and a track that has brought success on several other occasions. Most recently Tomy finished second on the podium in 2011 co-driving the Intersport Racing Prototype Challenge car with team mate Kyle Marcelli.
“I can say enough about racing in Long Beach. It’s so great to be racing in front of my hometown [Los Angeles] crowd.
“I’ve had a lot of personal success here. While it’s hard not to be excited about your first professional win, the drive Kyle and I had in 2011 was just like the movie we’re promoting this weekend, EPIC!
“We’ve really got a great program behind our ALMS effort this year. BAR1 Motorsports is giving us exactly what we need to win races. My co-driver, Rusty Mitchell, and I have a great working relationship and both share excellent communications with our BAR1 crew. I’m expecting a banner weekend.”
Known for his Hollywood advertising company, Tomy’s car livery features a new movie at each ALMS event. This week will be no different as the No. 7 prototype machine will roll off the trailer featuring the upcoming movie, EPIC.
EPIC is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world…and ours.
This film stars Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz and Amanda Seyfried. Learn all about Epic, play games, and read more about Epic characters as you get ready to experience this adventure in theaters May 24!
The Tequila Patrón Long Beach Grand Prix will run April 19-20. The television broadcast will air April 21 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on ABC. Live streaming of the race will be on April 20 starting at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN3.com with live streaming qualifying running April 19 at 89 p.m. EDT on ESPN3.com.
Tomy Drissi is an American driver and Trans Am Champion. His driver experience includes ALMS, Trans-Am, NASCAR and Speed World Challenge.
Born December 9 in Hollywood, California, Tomy owns an advertising firm that produces upcoming film displays for cinemas. Drissi’s first racing experience in motorsports was street racing on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.
His professional racing career highlights include; 1999 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, 2000 Trans-Am BBS Most Improved Driver, 2000 Trans-Am Crew of the Year and Trans-Am Champion. In 2010 Tomy competed in Trans-Am taking 1 win, 1 pole, 3 podiums, 4 Top Fives, 7 Top Tens; He also competed in the American Le Mans Series LMP1 class at Mid-Ohio finishing 3rd. 2011 saw Tomy’s return to the American Le Mans Series, LMPC division. He scored a 2nd at Long Beach, 3rd at Lime Rock, 1st at Mid Ohio,1st at Inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix and second at Road Atlanta -Petit Le Mans. In 2012, Drissi teamed with Bruno Junqiera for finishing 2nd at Laguna Seca, a win at Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park), 2nd at Baltimore and second at the season finale, Petit Lemans.
Tomy is married to Lacy Livingston Drissi
Find out more about Tomy Drissi at http://www.tomydrissi.com or follow Tomy on Facebook /tomydrissi and Twitter @tomydrissi
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world`s leading sports car championship and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing. In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars – purpose-built prototypes and production-based Grand Touring automobiles – race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing. All cars in the Series compete using one of five approved alternative fuels or energy sources: clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85 or E10, Isobutanol and electric hybrid technologies. The Series has more automobile marques involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom. The ALMS competes at North America`s premier road racing tracks and selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets.